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Dear friends, as you may have heard by now, the Government of India has set up a draft proposal to repeal the UGC Act, scrapping the UGC as a regulatory body and establishing a new regulatory body called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).
Needless to say, such an act has far-reaching repercussions for higher education in India.
The Union HRD Minister, Sri Prakash Javadekar, has urged all members of the concerned public to respond to the proposed draft of the HECI within the 7th of July, 5 pm.
My appeal to all educationists, stakeholders & others to furnish their comments & suggestions by 20th july 2018 till 5 p.m & mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The draft Act is available at https://t.co/mWtT2IORIk @ugc_india @HRDMinistry #SaafNiyatSahiVikas
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 27, 2018
This is a very short time span, but we have prepared a set of responses laying out the problems of the draft, strongly opposing the same. We believe that by withdrawing financial powers from the regulator and handing them over to the central government, and by giving the HECI unilateral and absolute powers to authorise, monitor, shut down, and recommend disinvestment from Higher Educational Institutions, the Draft Bill will expose higher education in the country to ideological manipulation, loss of much needed diversity as well as academic standards, fee hikes, and profiteering (you can read the full draft of this response here).
WHO does this concern? Any member of the general public with an interest in higher education in India, especially students looking to study in colleges and universities in India and their parents; teachers working in both universities and colleges, including research scholars looking to enter teaching in the near future.
WHY is this important? Because this might be the end of affordable public higher education in India, affecting MILLIONS of students and their futures.
HOW can you help? Simple. Join us in sending Sri Javadekar feedback!
THIS CAN BE DONE IN FIVE EASY STEPS, taking 2-3 mins of your time!
- Open your email, and COMPOSE a new email. In the subject field, paste: FEEDBACK FOR DRAFT HECI ACT 2018.
- In the to field, paste: email@example.com
- Click here. Press the copy button on top right, or simply copy (CTRL + C on Windows; COMMAND + C on MAC).
- PASTE the copied text in the body of your email (CTRL + V on Windows; COMMAND + V on MAC).
- Hit send, and you’re done!
HELP us engage in a democratic process! This affects MILLIONS of students and future generations in India!
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